FORT WORTH, Texas – Feb. 15, 2011 – Calloway’s Nursery will host its first Gardenfest event at select Dallas and Fort Worth locations on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011. Gardenfest is a full day of informational gardening presentations from industry experts that is free to the gardening public.

During this daylong event Mariana Greene from The Dallas Morning News will share the quirky and curious gardening stories she has covered for the newspaper, while Chris Wiesinger, the Bulb Hunter, will offer stories about his unique bulbs that have been featured in Southern Living Magazine. Aaron Shriver and Gabrielle Babcock of Monrovia Horticultural will provide information on tree and shrub gardening and perennial plant designs.

Faith Savage, a flower expert from Syngenta, will discuss the meaning of color and how it can impact guests and home gardens. Wayne Pianta, a product technical specialist at Ball Horticulture, will provide insights on how to create real impact with color in Texas gardens. Dr. Clark Springfield, who is vice president of Ran-Pro Farms, will share how to grow fruits, grapes and berries in a home garden. Aaron Pinkus, vice president of Blue Label Herbs, and Christina Higginbotham, professional herb grower with Blue Label Herbs, will also focus on edible gardening explaining the trends in herb gardening as well as specific varieties that perform well in Texas.

“Calloway’s is very excited to bring this free event to novice and expert gardeners alike. We anticipate a big turnout at our select locations in the Dallas and Fort Worth metroplex,” Kimberly Bird, Vice President of Retail Marketing said. Gardenfest will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 6 p.m. at the following Calloway’s Nursery garden centers: 1000 Preston Road and 2460 State Highway 121 in Plano, 291 E. Southlake Boulevard in Southlake and 2651 S. Hulen St. in Fort Worth, Texas. For more information about Gardenfest, visit

Calloway’s and Cornelius Nursery is a 19-store garden center chain serving the Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston markets. The company strives to make gardening fun, easy and successful for customers by offering expert advice from Texas Certified Nursery Professionals; store environments that are educational and easy to shop; weekly gardening clinics that serve both novice and expert gardeners; displays and instructions to aid gardeners with design and color development in their yards; and a product selection of the best plant varieties available. For more information, visit